St Mary's Primary School, Hampton
The project includes a multi-purpose hall, a class room a staff room, tennis club room and a library/ICT facility which doubles as public space after hours. The architectural concept uses the idea of a floating white thought cloud in response to idea and imagination being an essential part of learning. The white is a translucent polycarbonate and provides a controlled light to the learning spaces while maintaining good thermal qualities.
The cloud hovers on a masonry base in which an ancient painting titled ‘Virgin and Child with Balaam the Prophet’ from the late 2nd century located in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome is appropriated in the brick graphic to announce the multi-purpose hall entry. A bold line of text in brick repeats Mary and Mother of God in different languages and scrip.